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One thousand years ago, no one could imagine that there could ever be created a device by humans that could perform calculations, organize data, make long distance communication a possibility and even point out mistakes of humans themselves. And yet, today every other person owns a laptop and hardly anyone can imagine their life without a smartphone.

However, despite all the development in technology and despite the advanced efficiency of the brain of computers, no one can claim that they come at par with the human brain.

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Nor does anyone ever believe the camera lens to be equal to human eye. Although the camera lens captures the most intricate details of the scene, enhances colours and tones and even adjusts the lighting of the environment, it still cannot do what the human eye can.

If you take an aerial view, you’ll come to realize that humans, computer and the…

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Gravitational Waves – An Announcement That Increased My Faith


The internet is going crazy on what might be, and this is just my opinion, one of the greatest discoveries of the century. Gravitational Waves have been detected by scientists in America at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). They were first predicted by Einstein about 100 years ago. Finally we have observable evidence for them.

Now I won’t go into the details of what it is and how it impacts us, everyone is talking about it and you can search that on Google. But what I’m amazed at is that after so much advancement in science we are now, perhaps, just beginning to understand the complicated universe that we are a part of.

I could not help but think that how Great is the One Who Created all this? Alhamdulillah for a faith that allows me to contemplate on the universe and recognize the Signs of my Creator. For some people, this might be just a scientific discovery. For me, it is a way to get closer to Allaah. The more I ponder over the vastness of our universe, how it runs, how chaotic yet organized it is, the more my faith in Allaah increases.

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَالْفُلْكِ الَّتِي تَجْرِي فِي الْبَحْرِ بِمَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّـهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مِن مَّاءٍ فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَبَثَّ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ وَالسَّحَابِ الْمُسَخَّرِ بَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ

Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what Allah has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and dispersing therein every [kind of] moving creature, and [His] directing of the winds and the clouds controlled between the heaven and the earth are signs for a people who use reason.

Here is a paper that has been published on this discovery:

http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102

Pink Rickshaws in Lahore – Another Step Towards Women Empowerment?


In an attempt to empower women and prove they can do everything a man does, women activists have only created more problems for women in Lahore.

I saw some pictures shared on the Facebook page of an English newspaper yesterday, in which they had shown women driving Pink Rickshaws in Lahore.

The caption with those pictures was this:

Driven by female representatives from local social groups and charities, the bright pink, covered three-wheeled motorcycles zipped through the city in a bid to highlight the challenges faced by Pakistani women.

There is no doubt that women in Pakistan face a lot of challenges. Life is difficult for them. Issues that are mainly highlighted include inequality, domestic abuse, and dependency upon men for her food, clothing, etc., among others. Now I will not go into the detail of each “issue” but I want to highlight an important trend that is slowly eating away our society:

More and more women want to become men and in doing so are disturbing the harmony and balance in their personal lives.

If you also saw the pictures of those women driving Rickshaws, you would see that those were mainly women from seemingly very good background. That is understandable because they are activists and were only “highlighting the challenges faced by Pakistani women.” But are they really? Is this how they will empower women?

Sadly this way of thinking has been borrowed from the Western Culture by many of those from the elite and upper middle class of Pakistan. They believe that empowering a woman means that she needs to do everything a man has to do. They forget that she is physically not able to do what a man does. They forget that majority of families in Pakistan are not comfortable with their women driving Rickshaws. They forget that she is vulnerable to work related abuse by wolves disguised as innocent sheep. They ignore that most of Pakistan is Muslim and Islam does not require a woman to work. But these activists think that until a woman does not earn the same as a man does, she is not fully independent. They think that until a woman does not do whatever work a man does, she is not being treated with justice.

Many women are even uncomfortable with the idea of earning for themselves. They want to live as housewives, raise kids, take care of their family. So what is the difference between these activists and the women who are oppressed in Pakistan? Some are physically oppressed and not given their rights, and some are ideologically oppressed and think we must follow everything a Western Women is doing in order to be “empowered” and “liberated.”

Now all this does not at all mean that women should not work. In fact, women are greatly needed in different places of the society so that they can play a role in developing it. We need women as doctors, teachers, and every other profession which is suited for her by keeping in view all her qualities.

We need to understand that men and women are different in nature. This was also recorded in the Quran as being said by the mother of Maryam AS when she brought her into this world.

وَلَيْسَ الذَّكَرُ كَالْأُنثَىٰ

And the male is not like the female.

She was expecting a boy but Allah gave her a daughter instead and we all know her status so I won’t go into the detail of that.

One of the qualities of Maryam AS though was her modesty. We find in the Quran how she was shy of men and got scared when the 2 angels came to her. But the idea of empowerment of women today is totally opposite to this. Today, the more bold a woman is in front of men the more empowered she is. Today, the more skin she shows the lesser oppressed she is. But is this really a step towards advancement? Not really, because the Quran only calls this ignorance.

وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الْأُولَىٰ

And abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance.

Khadija RadiAllahu Anha was a successful business women, but did she do the jobs of men to be successful? Did she come in front of men without Pardah to feel liberated?

We need to keep our identity as Muslims alive and not be so impressed by the Western culture that we blindly follow them in whatever they do. The havoc wreaked by such “empowerment” in their society is apparent enough.

May Allah guide us all and improve our condition. Ameen.

Sacrificing Your Ego – The Most Difficult Sacrifice


Eid ul Azha is around the corner. For anyone who is unaware of what it is, it is one of the ONLY TWO yearly Islamic Festivals. Celebrated on the 10 of Zul Hijjah (the last month of the Islamic Calendar), Muslims all over the world offer sacrifices of goats, cows, camels, or sheep on this day.

While it is nice to see an increasing number of Muslims taking part in this ritual, there is also an increasing trend of Muslims buying animals to show their superiority over others and impressing them rather than pleasing Allah. With the advent of the selfie culture this disease is spreading even faster. People not only take there animals for a walk while proudly telling everyone they meet about how expensive their animal is, but they also take selfies with their animals now and post them on social media.

Since my childhood I never felt comfortable with the idea of taking animals out for a “walk.” I always thought that it looks strange. At that time though I used to think that people would think that this person is showing off. Didn’t know that it was actually Islam that forbids us from showing off for such things.

The other day Shaykh Shams uz Zaman Hafizahullah from India gave a lecture in a nearby mosque regarding this month and its benefits etc. In that he mentioned this Hadith narrated by at-Tirmidhi (1505) and Ibn Maajah (3147) from ‘Ata’ ibn Yasaar, who said:

I asked Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari: How were sacrifices offered at the time of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)? He said: At the time of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), a man would sacrifice a sheep on behalf of himself and the members of his household, and they would eat some of it and give some to others. Then people started to compete and it became as you see (nowadays)..

I mean this is a Sahabi talking about the Tabi’een probably. What is our condition? It’s really saddening. Riya (showing off) is so secret that it is described to be even more hidden than a black ant, crawling on a black stone, in a dark night. It is equivalent to Shirk (minor Shirk though) and may nullify an act of worship.

I remember Shaykh Tayyab Hafizahullah once said that the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) would spend 20 years and then say that now we have understood what Ikhlaas (sincerity) means. Where do we stand then? People say “don’t judge me.” Well then judge yourself please before you are judged by Allah. Let’s all judge ourselves, starting from me. How many of us will sacrifice our Egos before we sacrifice our animals? How many of us are ready to say this?

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿١٦٢﴾

Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.

May Allah accept all our deeds. Ameen.

Eid Mubarak Everyone.

Dream or Reality?


I’ve always had vivid dreams. Since my childhood I’ve been having them and I still do. Normally I haven’t heard people have dreams like that. Some of them repeat themselves.  Still don’t know what they mean. Some I have started to understand come when I’m thinking a certain way.

Many a times I would wake up actually saying what I was saying in my dream. It then takes a while for me to get back to reality.

Apart from what the dreams really mean, I’ve learned a lot of lessons from them. I think it is Allah’s blessing in a way. A very strange way which I do not fully comprehend, but which plays a big part in what I do in my life. They somehow help me understand the reality of life.

I’ve always had a problem with time. It was very rare that I could finish an exam on time. Partly because of my slow speed and partly because of bad preparation. I’m always asking for more time…. A chance to go back. I’ve seen this in my dreams as well.

Now what about this world? Wouldn’t we be asking for more time when our life ends? Did we worship Allah enough so we have no regrets left?

There are many things that could be mentioned but one of the most powerful messages that I’ve got from them is perhaps this:

The only way to truly cherish your loved ones is to strive hard to be together in Jannah with them.

This life is just not enough.

Dream or Reality

The Old Man


Something I wrote based on an advice given by Shaykh Tayyab Hafizahullaah. I asked him for some advice regarding Da’wah and what should we do. He said he was disappointed that none of the brothers whom he thought would gain knowledge seriously are doing so, yet they are involved in Da’wah. He also mentioned that those involved in Da’wah give very little attention to minor sins, yet those minor sins can pile up and become a cause of disappointment for you. May Allah save us from this. Ameen.

He said the example of this is that of a person having a lantern and he guides everyone with that, but he himself is blind. So that light is only benefiting others and it’s of no use to him. 

Let’s focus on correcting ourselves first and to seriously gain knowledge if we want to go in the field of Da’wah, lest we guide others and that is of no use to us. Na’oozubillaahi min zaalik.

An old man, having a lantern in his hand
Is out in the cold, helping people cross the crooked land
They walk beside him, being perfectly guided
Thinking the old man, in this land, has always resided

A man stopped by, talking about the beautiful sky
The old guy started to weep, the man didn’t know why
“It made me feel I could see, when I helped people see in the frost…
But you just made me realize, that which could benefit me… I have already lost.”

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Youth Club


This poem I wrote for YC back in 2012, before I joined it. But I believe my poetry has become a bit more mature now :p Maybe I should write a new one in shaa Allah.

ALRIGHT! EVERYONE! COME ON HERE! LISTEN UP!

This rhyme goes out, to the group called “Youth Club!”

Stopping evil with an iron fist, in the summer of 2011

They started at the event SIST, trying to make this earth, a heaven

Every month since then, they’ve been doing an event

Hoping the youth would understand, turn to Allah, and repent

The society now-a-days, indulged in luxurious living

They tried to show them, the true “joy of giving”

The purpose of “Eidi Project” was to help the needy

Showing love and compassion, not acting greedy

To make every youngster in Islam, a whiz

They tried to teach Islam through the “Quick Quiz”

The only way to rise is the act of prostration

The guys learned that through “Mission Submission”

The events cover topics, of quite a wide range

From the “Qiyaam & Ti’yaam” to the “Winds of Change”

And the list goes on, they never gonna stop it

The most recent one being “For the love of the Prophet”

No one’s pretending, no one forced, no one fake!

They’re all working day and night, only for Allah’s sake!

A Great Concern On The Rise Of Atheism In Pakistan – A Day With Team Convivencia


Yesterday Alhamdulillah was a great day for me. I had volunteered to be the driver of one of the cars for the whole day, for the Convivencia team’s tour of Pakistan.

I left home at about 9 in the morning and we went to Defense to a brother’s home to get the car that I was going to drive. Then we went to Beaconhouse National University; we had a really hard time finding it. Finally when we reached there we saw that it was almost the end of the talks of the speakers there.

There I had a discussion with Saad Mehmood (Masters in Astrophysics from UK) regarding Convivencia. He said that a lot of work needs to be done regarding tarbiyyah and Youth Club is doing a great job in that. But his field is purely intellectual and since no one in Pakistan is currently tackling this front, they have started an initiative to produce intellectuals; intellectuals who can be experts in their fields and then be like Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking, but promoting Islam instead of Atheism and exposing their false and shallow arguments.

He did some campus Da’wah at BNU and found out that many students had Atheistic tendencies but they keep them hidden because they believe no one is intellectual enough to discuss these issues with them. When he started asking intellectual questions from a sister who said that her purpose of life was “to serve humanity” and “be good,” she became quiet and confused because she probably never thought someone would ask her those questions. Those questions included, who defines what is good? What does serving humanity mean? What if according to one person (for example) good is to help someone cross the road and for the other person good is to help people get hit by cars on the road. Who will define good? 🙂

We then went to the Engineering Department of Shareef Medical College. Here brother John Fontain spoke on why we need to spread the message of Islam and brother Saad spoke on the topic of

Can Science Answer All Our Questions?

After the talk I met a guy who apparently did indirect takfeer of Zakir Naik lol Apparantly according to him Zakir Naik has strayed from the “Ahle Sunnah wal Jamah” and his Aqeedah is not right. I was like OK.

On our way back I was with Saad bhai and since I’m so good with the roads of Lahore, instead of coming to Lahore from Raiwind Road, I ended up at the entrance of Bahria Town 🙂 Then we came all the way back to Thokar Niaz Baig, then to Garden Town and finally Youth Club Lahore’s Community Center. Surprisingly, even though I thought we were late, we were the first to be there from the 3 cars that had the speakers. So brother Saad then gave a talk on the topic of

Can We Be Good Without God?

In this he discussed the argument for the existence of God based on morality, the contentions given to this argument, and how to give a reply to them.

After that brother Adnan Rashid came and discussed how we have become a book-less people. He reminded us of our great past and how we built great libraries and contributed greatly to almost every field of education. Now we have forgotten the Quran and have lost interest in building libraries, studying books, or collecting them. We have empty heads and therefore we are an empty nation. The talk was very inspirational.

Then the last talk was by Dr. Uthman Lateef, who made us all have tears by talking about the Humor of the Prophet PBUH which ended in discussing the compassion and the mercy of the Prophet PBUH. I have never heard anyone explain the topic so sincerely and with such humbleness.

Lastly, brother Adnan had to go to a bookstore at Mall Road which he discovered the day before yesterday. When I asked him how he discovered this bookstore, he thought for a while and couldn’t remember. Then he said, the best explanation to this is that a drug addict can find drugs even if you leave him in the middle of the ocean. When I go somewhere, the first thing I try to look for is a bookstore!

Here’s the card if anyone wants to visit! I highly recommend it! You can find great gems here if you have the eye to look for them!

Siddique Rare & Antique Books

I found three books at that time last night and when the time came to pay for them, brother Adnan asked me if I was going to read them? I said yes in shaa Allaah!

He said then you don’t need to pay. Just read them and you know where to use them then 🙂 So Alhamdulillah I got a gift of these awesome books as well!!

The Call of the Minaret.  Muslim Tradition in Psychotherapy and Modern Trends.  Ottoman Warfare (1500-1700)

Some books at this store were really expensive as they were really rare!

May Allah bless all the brothers who helped in anyway, and those who left their homes to come and spark an intellectual revolution in Pakistan!

Until later, assalam u alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh.

Story of a Serpent


IMPORTANT NOTE: This story has been taken from the book Hilyatul Awliya’ (7/294). I found no reference in the original book as well therefore I asked a scholar (Shaykh Muhammad Rafeeq Tahir) regarding narrating stories that give a good message, but we find no proof for them and we don’t take any Fazail from them either. He said regarding the book that it has a mixture of truth and untruth. So we can narrate something by taking the following precautions:

1. Do not approve of the statement.

2. Narrate by saying: “It is said that…”

So here goes, it is said that….

Yahya ibn ‘Abdil-Hameed al-Himmaanee relates: I was in the gathering of Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah, and there were approximately one thousand men present. He turned to a man at the end of the gathering on his right side, and said, “Stand and relate to the people the story of the serpent.” The man said, “Give me a pillar to recline on,” so we did so. He shed tears, and then he said, “Oh, listen and take heed. My father related to me from my grandfather that there used to be a man called Muhammad ibn Humayr. He was a person of wara’ (a higher state of piety) and he would fast the day and stand the night in prayer. He had a great love of hunting, so he went out one day hunting, when a serpent came upon him. It said to him, “O Muhammad ibn Humayr, grant me refuge, may Allah grant you refuge.”

Muhammad ibn Humayr said, “From whom?”

It said, “From my enemy who is chasing me.”

He said, “And where is your enemy?”

It said, “Behind me.”

He said to it, “To which ummah do you belong?”

It said, “The ummah of Muhammad صلی اللہ علیه وسلم. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except for Allaah.”

He said, “So I opened my cloak and said, ‘enter inside.'”

It said, “My enemy will see me.”

He said, “Then enter between my garments and my belly.”

It said, “My enemy will see me.”

He said to it, “So then what should I do with you?”

It said, “If you would truly like to do some kindness, then open your mouth for me so that I may enter.”

He said, “I fear that you will kill me.”

It said, “No, by Allaah, I shall not kill you. Allaah is my witness to that, and so are His Angels, His Prophets, the Bearers of His Throne, and the dwellers of His Heavens.”

Muhammad said: so I felt at east because of its oath and I allowed it to enter my mouth. Then I went on until I came upon a man with a sword. He said, “O Muhammad.”

I said, “What do you want?”

He said, “You have met my enemy?”

I said, “And who is your enemy?”

He said, “A serpent.”

I said, “By Allaah, no!” And I sought forgiveness from my Lord one hundred times for that statement of mine, as I knew where it was. Then I went along saying that when it drew its head out of my mouth and said, “Look and see if my enemy has passed.”

I looked around and I did not see anyone. I said, “I do not see anyone, if you would like to come out, then do so.”

It said, “Wait some time.”

Muhammad said: So I cast my sight all around the desert, so I saw neither person nor ghost. I said, “If you would like to come out, then do so, for I do not see anyone.”

It said, “Now, O Muhammad, choose one of two options.”

I said, “And what are they?”

It said, “Either I bite your liver and split it in your belly, or I give you a single bite casting your body aside without a soul.”

He said: I said, “Yaa SubhaanAllaah, where is the promise that you gave me? Where is the oath that you swore to me? How quickly have you forgotten it!”

It said to Muhammad, “O Muhammad, why did you forget the enmity that existed between me and your forefather Aadam when I misguided him and drove him out of Paradise? On what basis did you seek to do me a favor?”

He said: I said to it, “Is it necessary that you kill me?

It said, “By Allaah, there is no getting around killing you.”

He said: I said to it, “Then give me some time to go underneath that mountain, so that I may prepare bedding for myself.”

It said, “It is up to you.”

Muhammad said: So I went on towards the mountain, having given up hope of life, then I looked in the direction of the Throne and I said, “O Latif, be kind to me with Your Subtle Kindness. O Latif, by Your Power with which you ascended above Your Throne, relieve me of it.” Then I continued until I came upon a righteous man with radiant face and pleasant smell. He was completely clean of any dirt. He said to me, “Salaamun ‘Alaykum.”

I said, “Wa ‘Alaykum as-Salaam, O brother.”

He said, “Why is it that I see that your color has changed?”

I said, “My brother, it is due to an enemy that has wronged me.”

He said, “And where is your enemy?”

I said, “In my belly.”

He said to me, “Open your mouth.” I opened my mouth and he placed what looked like a green olive leaf inside.

He said, “Chew it and swallow,” so I did so.

Muhammad said: I did not wait long before my stomach began to hurt, and I threw up the serpent. I hung on to the man and said, “O my brother, I praise Allaah who has blessed me through you.”

He then laughed and said, “Do you not recognize me?”

I said, “By Allaah, no.”

He said, “O Muhammad ibn Humayr, when all that happened between you and the serpent took place, and you made that supplication, the angels of the Seven Heavens cried out to Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall. Allaah said, ‘By My Might,  My Glory, My Generosity, and My Elevated Position, all of that which the serpent has done with My slave I have seen.’ So Allaah ordered me – and I am the one called al-Ma’roof, my place is in the Fourth Heaven – to go and take the green leaf and take it to My slave Muhammad ibn Humayr.

O ibn Humayr, hold fast to doing good to others, for it saves one from having an evil end. And even if the one to whom he has done good abandons him, he will not be abandoned by Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall.

Taken from the biography of Imam Sufyaan Ibn ‘Uyaynah, published by Darussalam in English.

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